Curtain Call offers two different summer programs for youth: our Summerstock and Summerstock Junior program, which is a full-day, conservatory-style workshop program for ages six thru sixteen, and our Summer Youth Theatre which produces a full-scale musical production each summer featuring performers and technicians grade four thru age twenty-one. Scroll down below our calendar for information on each.
Summerstock Full-Day Workshops
(Registration is still open and available)
Our SUMMERSTOCK (ages 11 to 16) and SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR (ages 6 to 11) programs are full-day, theatre arts workshops. No previous experience is required and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Each session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date (see descriptions below for specific dates and times). Each program session is two weeks. There is NO registration for just one week of the program. Students must be available for both weeks of any session and its performance showcase.
The maximum number of students accepted for each two-week session is forty (40). Students are grouped according to their date of birth and will rotate throughout the day in these age-appropriate groups between experienced teaching artists for specialized instruction. Our staff consists of three (3), specialized instructors, our program director, a program assistant and three (3) to six (6) classroom assistants. Material for classes (scenes, music, etc.) is often selected based on a different theme each summer. Students will work on a variety of pieces from different selected plays and musicals based upon that theme. Our showcase performance will present highlights of these pieces.
Students should bring a lunch each day. Refrigerators and microwave ovens are available for use at the theatre complex. There is no food service or transportation provided. We also have access to the playground on the Sterling Farms Complex for outdoor activities.
Drop-off begins a half hour before the start of the program. Earlier drop-offs may be discussed and arranged with our Education Director. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-329-8207 x16.)
Discounts are available for siblings (10% off for each additional child). Scholarships and payment plans are also available for families in need. (See the sidebar to your right for scholarship application requirements or call 203-329-8207 x16.)
Please inform us of any allergies, special needs, conditions or medications.
There are four, separate Summerstock program sessions:
SUMMERSTOCK CREATIVE THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16
June 24 to July 3, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 9:30am to 4:30pm.
Through rotating study in Improv, Shakespeare and Modern Acting in age-appropriate groups (5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, high school), students will tap into their own creativity to assemble a showcase performance on the final date drawing upon the instincts, teamwork and timing built in Improv, the technique and discipline developed in Modern Acting and the power tapped through Shakespeare’s language. The session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date at 7:00pm.
Registration is $725 ($653 for each additional sibling after the first child).
SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16: SOLD OUT! Registration is no longer available.
July 8 to 19, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 9:30am to 4:30pm.
This fun and focused, full-day workshop will sharpen skills in singing, acting and dance. In age-appropriate groups (5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, high school), students will rotate between these three subjects and be introduced to various musicals that share a common theme. The session also includes a day that focuses entirely on audition preparation. The session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date at 7:00pm.
Registration: $800 ($720 for each additional sibling after the first child).
SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR FOR AGES 6-11 (two, separate, two-week sessions): BOTH SESSIONS SOLD OUT! Registration is no longer available.
Session One: July 22 to August 2, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Session Two: August 5 to 16, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Summerstock Junior provides a strong foundation in acting and performance for ages six to eleven by offering a balance of script acting, improv and musical theatre. The day will include warm-up games, exercises and activities that involve all students and other periods where students will receive specialized instruction in age-appropriate groups (ages six to eight and ages nine to eleven). Students will present a showcase of their work on the final day of each session at 3:00pm. They will also work on special arts and crafts projects relating to their showcase performance.
Registration for each session is $750 ($675 for each additional sibling after the first child).
For more information, call 203-329-8207 x16 or email email@example.com.
A few images from past Summerstock and Summerstock Junior programs:
Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre (SYT)
For over twenty-five years, Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre has provided creative outlets for youth both on stage and behind the scenes. Rehearsals are typically held Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (with some weekends) beginning mid-June while crew work on sets, costumes, lights, etc. takes place Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Performances are typically the first two weeks in August. Overall, our Summer Youth Theatre provides nearly 100 hours of creative enrichment and interaction for youth with common interests under the guidance of a team of area professionals.
Participation fee for cast and crew is $50. (Each additional sibling receives $25 off.)
(PLEASE NOTE: Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre is its own, individual program and NOT part of Curtain Call’s Summerstock and Summerstock Junior workshop programs.)
Our Summer Youth Theatre is proud to announce its 29th production:
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Director: Brian J. Bianco
Music Director: Greg Chrzczon
Choreography: Emily Frangipane
Scenic Design: Peter Barbieri, Jr.
Costume Design: Megan Latte Ormond
Assistant Director: Cara Grasso
Production Manager: Jourdan Miller
Stage Manager: Andrew Patashnik
Assistant Stage Manager: Molly Emmens
Tech Director: Jamie LaJoie
What an amazing turn out of talent for our auditions! We are so proud of how well-prepared everyone was. It made our decisions very challenging.
We are proud to announce our 2019 Summer Youth Theatre Cast of Matilda:
Matilda Wormwood Elena Cappella and Beverlyn Lopez (alternating performances – TBD)
Miss Agatha Trunchbull Dante DiFederico
Miss Honey Franki Spinelli Mastrone
Mr. Wormwood Liam Gelling
Mrs. Wormwood Emma Sawch
Michael Wormwood Zachary Vlcek
Mrs. Phelps Rachel Lese
The Escapologist Robert J. Failla
The Acrobat Nicole Henkel
Rudolpho Joshua Leferman
The Doctor Finley Vigliotti
Sergei Justin Villard
Bruce Bogtrotter Samantha Sperling
Lavender Cooper Toland
Amanda Thripp Sophia Sibilia
Alice Matilda Odin
Hortensia Liliana Gomez
Tommy Owen Priscott
Eric Sean Kilcullen
Nigel Jake Sperling
Additional Classmates Valeria Antunes
Older Students Chloe Cerniglia
Grown Up Ensemble Molly Eagleton
Robert J. Failla
Ava Spinelli Mastrone
We are still looking for more stage crew members. Any interested young techies entering 4th grade thru age 21, please click here: MATILDA Crew Sign Up Packet
PERFORMANCES: August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm and August 4 and 10 at 2:00pm. August 4 and 7 at 7:30pm are ON HOLD for possible performances.
***All cast and running crew must be available for ALL performances.***
FIRST COMPANY MEETING AND AD CANVASS DAY: June 15, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
- A mandatory meeting for cast, crew and parents will begin at 10:00am in Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre to kick off the summer’s production, review the commitment for the summer with our production team, discuss volunteer opportunities for parents and answer any questions.
- At 11:00am, the cast and crew will be divided into teams and assigned to volunteer drivers to canvass local businesses for advertising in our playbill. Playbill advertising helps defer much of our production costs and ALL CAST, CREW AND PARENTS MUST HELP SELL ADVERTISING AND BOOSTERS IN OUR PLAYBILL.
- Parent volunteer drivers will be needed for our ad canvassing.
- Our ad canvassing teams will return to the Dressing Room Theatre by 1:30pm for a pizza lunch where cast members will receive their scripts and vocal books.
Rehearsals begin the week of June 17 and will take place at our Sterling Farms Theatre Complex Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm with some weekends (either Saturday or Sunday during the day) possible. Not every cast member may be called for every rehearsal. There is a strict cut off date for any cast conflicts of July 15. All cast members must be available from July 15 thru August 11. ALL CAST MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS, AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Work days are scheduled for Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm in our scene shop and/or on the Kweskin Theatre stage. The starting date for crew work on our 2019 production is to be determined. Anyone signed up for running crew (during performances) must be available to observe rehearsal and start learning the show the week of July 22. ALL RUNNING CREW MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.
NEW: SYT APPAREL IS AVAILABLE FOR ORDER!
That’s right! T-shirts, crew-neck sweatshirts and sweat pants are available featuring a new graphic design by SYT members Lily Fine and Liam Gelling. T-shirts are just $16, Crew-neck Sweatshirts and Sweatpants are $25. (Orders will be submitted for printing once we’ve reached at least 25 orders for any one item.)
A few images from past productions (courtesy of FotosbyFailla.com):
Bye, Bye, Birdie (2018):
Peter Pan (2016)
Kiss Me, Kate (2012)